Last year the cake pops I sent to my husband’s work for his birthday melted before they even got there in the hot June sun.
I always send something with him for his birthday (his co-workers are sad if I don’t) so this year I was determined to make something that could hold up to a herd of mechanics working in open bays.
After listening to an episode of the Joy the Baker podcast I had a bright idea and went googling.
And there, Martha Stewart beat me to it. A no-baking required cake made with beloved little puffed rice cereal.
Snap Crackle Pop, if you know what I mean.
As I poured over her recipe I decided it needed some changing up because my husband didn’t like chocolate and also, because just sticking the decorative colored cereal on top sounded a little iffy giving my luck in decorating anything lately.
So I went with even more marshmallow goodness.
Here’s how I made it!
I greased a couple of cake pans. I used 9 inch rounds.
Googled the directions for the original Rice Krispies recipe.
40 marshmallows, six cups cereal and three tablespoons butter.
You heat the butter and mashmallows for three minutes in the microwave, stirring after 2.
Then after microwaving it, stir in the six cups cereal.
That was always my job growing up, and I still steal a bite of hot yummyness.
Then dump the mixture into the two cake pans. This is hard. Try to make them even on top- its ok to smush and press it. But don’t worry about perfection.
Let cool a little.
(Note. These are not the same sized pans pictured. I made a second smaller cake for Mr. Wonder’s area because the vultures devour sweets like there’s no tomorrow. And I’m sure because their wives don’t let them have any at home.)
Now, here is definitely where I digress from dear Martha.
Invert a pan unto wax paper so the cake doesn’t stick. Bust out some jarred marshmallow creme stuff and smear it on top.
Then stick the other cereal cake on top.
Voila! a layered cake.
I didn’t wait a half hour for the cakes to cool, but even then you should still be able to mold them a little to helm make the edges neat and shove the filling underneath cereal. If it’s dripping out a side that is.
Next is decorating.
Now, this is where I tried inventing and it turned out delicious but hard to slice according to reports. (Because I never got any.)
I smeared MORE marshmallow creme stuff ontop and began pressing store-brand colored cereal on it to decorate.